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The Need for a Virtual University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia PROCEEDINGS

, Tiba University, Saudi Arabia

Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


This study aims to analyze the current status of distance higher education in Saudi Arabia in order to identify: the justification for the recourse to a virtual university, and the appropriateness of the Saudi learning environment for this type of education, and the requirements of the virtual university in the Saudi environment. used a descriptive approach, and collected statistical data from reliable local and international sources, in addition to conducting personal interviews with admission deans and their agents in both male and female Saudi universities in, who has a direct link to the subject matter. There were (28) individual respondents. The study found a number of conclusions, including: There are a number of reasons for the need of a virtual university, among which are: the need for expansion in universities, low admission rates, and lack of proportionality between the numbers of high school graduates and the numbers of them accepted in higher education, and the increase of the proportion of students who were not admitted to higher education.


Alsisi, A. (2010). The Need for a Virtual University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In Z. Abas et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2010 (pp. 661-670). AACE.

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